Encoding.com offers, get this, web-based, on-demand, video encoding. Nope, no joke. They will grab your video encode it and then send it back to you. Sign up is free and you can even do a test run but after that, you’ll have to pay
Encoding.com brings a new use of cloud computing, this time to take those pesky video files and encode them into what you need. They can pull your video via FTP, HTTP, S3 or you can upload it from your PC. After that they will do all the heavy lifting of getting it into your chosen format (see list below) and then send it back to you via FTP, S3 or via an email with a download link.
What can you get encoded?
.mov, .avi, .wmv, .mp4, .3GP, .3G2, .mj2, .m4v, .flv, .mpg, .flv H.264, .flv VP6, .asf, and more?
What can you get output?
Flash up to version 9, Flash 9 with H.264, Windows Media, MPEG 4, M4V, iPod, iPhone/iTouch, Apple TV, PSP, ZUne, 3GP
The service even makes thumbnails for those videos, can resize them to your needs and allows for watermarking and can even add metadata to FLV files.
How about images?
DPX, EXR ,GIF, JPEG, JPEG-2000, PDF, PhotoCD, PNG, Postscript, SVG, TIFF
The service offers a host of other features including automatic watch folders, SLAs for maximum encoding capacity of shorter queue, an API, splicing and a whole lot more. You can read all about it on their features page – http://www.encoding.com/features/
The site offers a 1GB bandwidth trial for 30-days of use to test it out and see how it goes. Since the encoding is done on a cloud of computers it’s super fast.
The service isn’t cheap though. The package prices are Basic $19/month, Plus $49/month, Max $299/month. The major differences are the maximum queue times 30, 10 or 4 minutes, encoding bandwidth 1, 10 or 75GB and capacity 5, 15 or 50GB per hour. Even Brightcove users can use their service.
If you don’t want a monthly expense hanging over your head you can try their usage based pricing ranging from $2.50/GB up to 100GB/month to a low $1.80/GB for over 1TB a month.
Who would use this?
I can see a lot of people using this. People who don’t have the money to shell out for the super computer at the home office or need it to be available for other things but still have a lot of video to endcode ore re-encode. People on the go, like myself, who generally operate from a netbook which could not handle any kind of large scale video encoding projects and people who want some automation in their encoding, like those with store fronts on Amazon, channels on YouTube, etc. At just under $20 a month